Tina Turner: My Shining Star

Tina Turner is the Chairwoman of my “Kitchen Cabinet” of virtual advisors and mentors. She is a life raft without equal.

We share a birthday. She is nine years my senior. We both grew up in the St. Louis area. We also share a history of domestic abuse at the hands of very powerful Scorpio men able to negatively impact the trajectory of our careers.

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Remembering Crystal: Life’s Lessons on Escaping the Abuse of a Powerful Man

Yes, everyone tells us to leave. But, nobody tells us how. That’s what this web site is about. We need to figure it out, and those of us who have lived to tell the tale must leverage our professional expertise to help the women and children walking in our shoes until the violence stops.

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Ms. Foundation: Outrageous Acts Campaign

We all have talents. My hope is that while visiting this web site you will be inspired to leverage your talents to change the current domestic violence paradigm. While we may not be feminist activists like Gloria Steinem, we can certainly accept her invitation to do one outrageous act in the cause of simple justice. She believes we’ll discover the world will be a better place and we’ll have fun in the process.

To celebrate Ms. Steinmen’s 75th birthday, the Ms. Foundation launched their Outrageous Acts campaign which flows from Ms. Steinem’s essays in Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions.

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Eve Ensler: Until the Violence Stops

Eve Ensler tells the story of how her father physically, sexually, and emotionally abused her and how these experiences shaped her world view in Insecure at Last: Losing It in Our Security Obsessed World. The central premise of her book is that striving for security does not, in fact, protect us. We must rescue ourselves. Peace will come from securing basic human rights and from making our end goals compassion and honoring all people.

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The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

Marilyn Stanton, my guardian angel at the Watseka, IL Public Library, recommended this book to me. It is one of my favorites. I hope y’all will read it and decide to make lots of quilts for Shalom Bayit’s clients. “Persian pickle” is an old-fashioned term for paisley scraps used in making quilts, and the Persian Pickle Club is the name of the quilting bee at the heart of the story.

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